Two proposed contract extensions were pulled from the agenda of a special meeting on Tuesday night as the city continues to wrestle the issue of contracts and employee raises.

Two proposed contract extensions were pulled from the agenda of a special meeting on Tuesday night as the city continues to wrestle the issue of contracts and employee raises.
The council was asked to approve a contract extension for  Louise Hudgens,  the city’s municipal records administrator, and planning consultant Lawrence Tomassello Tuesday, three weeks after it tabled requests for extensions for Hudgens, City Manager Bob Gorson and Finance Director Teresa Statler.
The council did vote to extend Hudgens’ contract for three months instead of the requested extension until Dec. 30, 2012
Councilman Randy Miller said he couldn’t approve the proposed contract for Tomassello because it included wording that allowed Tomassello to receive pay increases without council approval or notification.
One clause in the proposed contract said, “The amount of compensation provided...may be adjusted from time to time upon written approval by the city manager.”
“I’m not comfortable at all with this  contract...until the  finance committee can meet and discuss this,” Miller said.
That conflicts with a policy adopted by the city recently that requires all raises come before the council for approval, mayor Dave Noerr said.
The contract also increased Tomassello’s compensation from $70 per hour to $90 per hour with an annual salary cap of $86,400.
Tomasello has apparently resigned from his consultants job with the city.
On Wednesday at a Finance Committee meeting,  City Manager Bob Gorson said  Tomassello “submitted his last invoice this morning.  He seemed to feel like his services were no longer needed.” .
Hudgens, who is also the city’s elected city clerk, was simply seeking a contract extension for her records job with no raise.
Miller said he wants Hudgens contract reconsidered with the others.
“I don’t have a problem with Mrs. Hudgens, just with this contract,” Miller said